Brits have spent the summer creating inspirational outdoor spaces in which to relax, entertain and pass the time with loved ones. The end of the summer doesn’t have to mean all that hard work can no longer be enjoyed though, as Denby is sharing ideas and tips for alfresco autumn dining, from garden gatherings to laid-back lunches.
Denby’s handcrafted ceramics are a conscious choice, featuring beautiful colours, unique patterns and versatile shapes to elevate outdoor entertaining and for those avoiding plastic, Denby is durable enough to use outdoors too.
Tips for autumnal alfresco dining from Denby:
Echo the beauty of the garden by choosing a tableware collection inspired by nature such as Denby’s artisan Studio collections, which featuretonal shades and textural glazes. Incorporate colour by mix and matching ceramics from different ranges and accessorise with colourful jugs and pots that double up as containers for drinks and condiments. Create a simple yet striking centrepiece using foliage picked from the garden – for a truly rustic look, form an autumnal arrangement using seasonal fruit and vegetables such as mini pumpkins, squash and pears.
Bring the indoors outdoors and create cosy corners for guests to snuggle up to when it gets chilly. Rather than outdoor heaters, make a more conscious choice by setting out plenty of throws, cushions and rugs to stay nice and toasty. Plus, welcome friends with a homemade batch of warming drinks such as mulled cider, which can be made in advance.
Light it up:
When the sun goes down, set the mood and create a soft ambiance using candles, solar-powered lanterns and fairy lights that illuminate the garden. Place tea lights in Studio Grey Espresso Cups to create a warm glow around the table, or why not craft your own paper or jar lanterns for that personal touch?
A warming menu:
Prepare hearty one-pot dishes using local, seasonal produce and warming spices; a great choice as they’re easy to make and perfect for sharing. Denby’s Cast Iron casserole dishes in Pomegranate, Pavilion, Natural Canvas or Halo make a colourful statement on the table, while the Studio Grey Large Ridged Bowl can be used to serve up an autumnal salad. Alternatively, recreate a feel of summer and fire up the barbeque for some winter grilling.
Surprise and delight:
Continue the sense of community spirit witnessed over the summer – prepare an extra plate at the table and invite a neighbour over. It’s often the little things that make a big difference so how about baking a batch of personalised cookies for guests to enjoy with a hot drink at the end of the night? For added entertainment, rent a projector and watch a movie together after dinner.
For more tips on entertaining and for further information on Denby’s handcrafted ceramics, visit Denby